Cybersecurity

Background Check Agency Wants a Social Media Search Tool

The Defense Department office charged with investigating potential insider threats wants to use social media to add context to allegations.

Emerging Tech

AI Research Infrastructure Task Force Needs Input on ‘Democratizing’ Resources

The group is developing an implementation plan for how the U.S. could increase access to artificial intelligence research resources.

IT Modernization

Agriculture Launching New IT System to Manage Discrimination Complaints

The new Civil Rights Management System will live in a USDA-owned and operated cloud environment.

IT Modernization

GSA, Executive Councils Seek Vendor to Improve Transparency in IT Acquisition

The new Governmentwide IT Transparency Professional Support Services contract will assist a wide swath of GSA’s tech-focused offices, as well as all the federal executive councils.

IT Modernization

State Department Still Struggling With 5-Year-Old Recommendations to Fix IT Management Issues

The agency is doing better about reporting through its internal system but six of seven outstanding issues remain a concern for the inspector general.

CIO Briefing

Social Security Needs Help with Internal Workplace and Domestic Violence Threats

The consultant will conduct initial interviews and develop reports in support of the agency’s Crisis Advisory Teams.

IT Modernization

Commerce Department Developing Massive IT Services Contract

The enterprise contract will support IT delivery at every level, including agencies like Census, NOAA and NIST.

Data

HHS’ ‘Frequent and Significant Changes’ to COVID Data Reporting Left Hospitals Behind

Multiple updates to the rules and avenues for reporting critical pandemic-related capacity information left hospitals confused, overwhelmed and unable to comply.

Emerging Tech

State to Supply Costa Rican Police With Drones to Crack Down on Drug Trade

The program would start with eight small UAS, with plans to increase the number to 40 or more if successful.

CIO Briefing

NARA Plans to Expand Access to Digital Records Over the Next 5 Years

The draft 2022-2026 Strategic Plan looks toward a future of all-digital records and more equitable discovery and access for underserved communities.

Emerging Tech

State Wants Better Bots and Processes For Its Help Desk

The Consolidated Customer Support office already manages eight bots, but an ongoing project requires more user-centric automation.

CIO Briefing

Watchdog: COVID-19 Spending Using OTAs Had Less Oversight, Transparency Than Usual

For example, of the $12.5 billion awarded using other transaction authorities, nearly 60% was funneled through a single consortium management company.

Data

How FAA’s Latest Challenge Looped in Data Newbies

In addition to creating new visualizations about national airspace, the agency encouraged employees who don’t work with data or in IT to give its tools a spin.

IT Modernization

TMF Board Still Accepting Governmentwide Cyber Proposals

Agencies have submitted more projects since a huge infusion of cash and a relaxing of the payback model.  

CIO Briefing

GSA Gives Final Deadline for Transition from DUNS to Unique Entity ID

The agency also confirmed that all current SAM registrants should have already been assigned their new identifier.

Data

Agencies Are Making ‘Uneven’ Progress Meeting Evidence Act Mandates, GAO Says

Many federal managers reported having the necessary staff, skills and tools to collect and analyze performance data, but the results varied widely across government.

IT Modernization

House Appropriators Offer $50M for TMF But White House Wants 10 Times That

The Office of Management and Budget said it’s received more than $2 billion in proposals since getting $1 billion from the American Rescue Plan.

Data

EEOC Wants a Quality Check For Its Data and Automation Strategy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s inspector general wants an independent third party to look over the agency’s Digital Process Transformation and Automation strategy.

IT Modernization

Access Board Wants an Appropriately Accessible Records Management System

The independent agency in charge of enforcing accessibility wants to make sure its new electronic records system works for everyone.

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